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Edward J. Perkins
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United States Ambassador to Australia
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Melvin F. Sembler
Succeeded by Genta H. Holmes
19th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
President George H.W. Bush
Preceded by Thomas R. Pickering
Succeeded by Madeleine Albright
United States Ambassador to South Africa
In office
October 16, 1986 – May 22, 1989
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Herman W. Nickel
Succeeded by William L. Swing
United States Ambassador to Liberia
In office
July 12, 1985 – October 22, 1986
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by William Lacy Swing
Succeeded by James Keough Bishop
Personal details
Born (1928-06-08)June 8, 1928
Sterlington, Louisiana, U.S.
Died November 7, 2020(2020-11-07) (aged 92)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Spouse(s) Lucy Chen-mei Liu
Alma mater University of Maryland University College
University of Southern California

Edward Joseph Perkins (June 8, 1928 – November 7, 2020) was an American diplomat. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, South Africa, and the United Nations 1992-1993. He was later Director of the US State Department's Diplomatic Corps.

Perkins died on November 7, 2020 at a hospital in Washington, D.C. at the age of 92.

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